Valtteri Bottas is hopeful that Williams will be able to take the fight to their midfield rivals at Monza this weekend. The Finn was only eighteenth today but saw enough in his long run pace to suggest he could figure a little higher up the running order on Sunday.
“It wasn’t an easy day today. We had some inconsistencies in the aerodynamics during FP1 and then in FP2 we were missing quite a lot of straight-line speed on my option tyre run. We need to look at why that happened as that is why the
time doesn’t look so good on the board. The positive thing today was the long run as we were competitive compared to Toro Rosso and Sauber and I think we can really challenge them in the race this weekend.”
Teammate Pastor Maldonado was fourteenth quickest but wasn’t quite so happy after struggling to find the sweet spot on the option tyres.
“We completed all the plans we had today. There is a lot to look at as we are close to the limit so it’s hard to find a few more tenths of a second. It is quite difficult to put a lap together as there is some inconsistency in how the car behaves through different corners, but we will see where we are tomorrow as the track is changing a lot. We weren’t able to improve our time too much this afternoon so we need to work harder to make sure we are better tomorrow.”